Alpinestars Hellcat Riding Jeans
Don't believe the nay-sayers
I am a pretty average guy, average height, average weight. 5'11" at 180lbs and I weight lift, so my calves and thighs are "bigger than average." I wear a 30/31 jean. I ordered a size 32 and these things fit very well with hip protection in. The comments on the length being too long I COULD see, but with riding boots and in the riding position (GSXR 1000) these jeans do very well with that little bit of extra room on the end. The knee adjustment for me is too high when in the raised position and just right for me when in the lower position.
I saw a review regarding the moulding of the knee protection hoping it would've been more curved, I agree. It isn't bad though. If I could change ANYTHING about these jeans it would be the wash color. Pretty vain.
Great jeans, the kevlar is everywhere you want it to be and some! For a sports bike commuter, these fit the bill and its alb
June 30, 2016
Great Jean but knee protectors need more shape.
I'm 5'11" 175lbs, fit. The size 34 fits me well. I wear the jeans to work and for the most part don't look like motorcycle gear. My only quibble is that the knee protectors are relatively flat and they rub on my knees when I bend to sit. If they were more cupped, I think it would help but overall not a big deal.
March 15, 2016
Fitment is way off - Returning after first ride.
Knee pad placement is too high as well the length of the jean is too short. When in riding position the knee's raise to expose the lower half of my knee and all of my shin. Also, cuffs raise to expose an inch or so above my boot. Pretty pathetic considering the brand... :/
November 17, 2015
Poor fitment, not very comfortable, don't waste your money.
I usually wear jeans sized 33x32, or 34x32 if they are tight fitting. A friend had these in 32 and they were too tight. I ended up getting the 34's. They must be sized for NBA players because they were ridiculously long, and cannot be hemmed thanks to the zippered cuff. the waist also fit more like a 36 and I had to crank the belt down, which bunched them. I tried to shrink them in the wash but that didn't help. The crotch is too high and pinches the goods when riding, also the "regular" cut is more like a loose/baggy fit. I felt like a Ruff Ryder when I wore them. The hip inserts sit awkward and they don't give you much Velcro to get them properly seated, ended up not using them, which was a selling point for me. They are also extremely heavy, and can be a workout just walking in them. I thought they would be a lot better especially coming from Alpinestars. I regret this purchase and wish I held out for the newer gear coming out. Such as the Riff jeans which to me is exactly what I wanted a riding pant in jean form so I don't look like a power ranger if I get off the bike and go in anywhere. Don't waste your money, and wait for the new stuff, there are better options coming out in this price range.
September 10, 2015
Sorry guys, sending back
The fabric, right on. The protection, AWESOME! The fit...I would have to remove my junk to make them comfortable. I liked the idea of the flex panel in the back, but they are cut so low that my crack was on display. I am 200 pounds 6" tall and they did nit work for me. For the price I want excellence. Who did they cut these for? I choose the 38" waist and the length was perfect! I just wish they would have worked for me, but I don't want to sing soprano! Back to my chaps I guess. Thank you Revzilla for your great return policy. It is why I keep coming back. Mind you, I have never returned anything! Antony spell it out great in the videos. Any suggestion for an alternative?
April 29, 2015
Knee Armor Placement Is Off
I'm 6", but I have small waist. As in the video, I bought my waist size which was 30. I'm a new rider, when I had the pants on it felt like they fit. But then later I realized the knee armor was way to high while riding and sitting in chairs later on. At first I didn't realize it, also there isn't any explanation of where the knee armor is suppose to sit exactly. The knee armor I received was different than what was shown in the video. I don't know if I got an older model or something.
The video says the knee armor is moveable up and down. It barely moves at all, like a few centimeters, doesn't even make a big difference.
If you have a slim body type, I wouldn't recommend these jeans at all, you'll have to get a shorter waist size but then the knee armor will be way to high. Hemming the bottom of the jeans doesn't move the knee armor up and down. I brought it to a tailor and they said it'd be complicated to get it resized properly.
If you only focus on the waist size like the video says, you'll miss the knee armor being in the right size. If the video shows the knee armor and how little it moves up and down, you'd see it doesn't really make a difference.
If the size was great I'd be happy with it. But I already took off the tags only realizing once I was riding that they kept riding up and the knee protectors didn't work at all.
I'm considering just using my motocross knee guards with these pants and removing the CE rated knee pads, but they're too skinny to really fit them underneath well, and over it isn't much protector either.
April 20, 2015
Also for the winter
thick enough for the winter, a bit warm for the summer
January 19, 2015
Quite surprised at how good these look even with knee pads in. Knee pads need to get formed to your knee for a while. Before that they look hectic. I tried them on with the hip pads inserted and the fit was great, but then I put my shorts on and went to remove the hip pads and one of the velcro strips ripped off completely with very little force. It didn't matter much to me since my shorts have better CE rated hip pads but I was a little disappointed that they just came apart so easily. I inspected the seems on the other velcro strip and the rest of the jeans and they all seem top notch. I will most likely remove the other velcro strip now instead of re attaching the one that came off and use my riding shorts underneath.
December 29, 2014